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  • Art
  • Cooking "Individualized Assessments"
  • Crossroads Discussion (TBI) Group
  • Peer Counseling Class
  • Ready to Rent
  • Visually Impaired Support Group
  • Women's Support Group
  • Writing Group

For class schedule see the Newsletter. If there is a class that you would like offered at ILR, contact us at 503-232-7411 or info@ilr.org and let us know. We are always open to new suggestions for classes.

Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles is a self directed goal setting program to help individuals live a healthier life. This program also offers ongoing mentoring. To learn about Healthy Lifestyles, please call Sarah Gerth at 503-232-7411 or


ILR can answer many questions about housing for you. We can provide help with the following:
  • Advocacy and Education
  • Community "Tenants Rights and Responsibilities" Training
  • Fair Housing Amendments Act
  • Landlord/Tenant Mediation
  • Rent Well classes

Skills Instruction

At ILR we offer skills instruction, both individual and in small groups, which can help people with disabilities acquire skills to live more independently.

Examples of topics:
  • Anger management
  • Braille and Orientation & Mobility Instruction
  • Communication Skills
  • Household Management
  • Leisure/Recreation
  • Personal Safety
  • Pre-vocational Information
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Skills

Sports/Outdoor Recreation

For people with disabilities who are interested in sports or the outdoors please join us. We offer a variety of outings and activities. Please contact Patricia Kepler at 503-232-7411 or patricia@ilr.org if you are interested in learning more about our outdoor recreation program.

Travel Training

ILR no longer offers this service. Ride Connection (503-528-1743), however, provides an excellent travel training program. One can learn travel on Tri-Met's light rail (MAX) and bus system.

Volunteer Program

ILR's services are provided by both staff and volunteers. Volunteers are essential to the success of this organization. They enable us to provide services without exceeding our budget. Volunteers serve in many capacities at ILR, including the Board of Directors, peer counselors, and teachers. Please contact Sarah Naomi Campbell sarahnaomi@ilr.org if you find interest in becoming an ILR volunteer.

Download Volunteer Application

STEPS Program

Call Suzanne to sign up for the next workshop at ILR.

Each workshop is from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, and lunch and snacks are included.

Eligible participants (see below) will receive a comprehensive handbook, follow-up services as needed, and a $25 gift card.

To register, or for more information, call the STEPS Training Coordinator (503) 232-7411 or email STEPS@ILR.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEPS?

Training for
Employers of homecare workers who are
People with Disabilities or

It’s often said that knowledge is power. STEPS empowers participants by providing information about rights and responsibilities, and helping them develop the skills needed to hire and manage Homecare Workers.

What’s a Homecare Worker?

“Homecare Worker” is the term used in Oregon for persons hired to assist with activities of daily living and self-management, to help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their own homes. Homecare workers have also been called personal assistants, personal care attendants and caregivers.

Who is eligible for STEPS?

Individuals whose workers are paid through the state, specifically, Client/Employed Provider (Medicaid), Oregon Project Independence, Spousal Pay or State Plan for Personal Care. If your services are authorized by a case manager at Multnomah County ADS, Clackamas County Social Services or Washington County DAVS, you are most likely eligible.

If there’s a representative/member of your support system you’d like to bring with you or send in your place they are welcome to attend (but only the person receiving services will be given a gift card.)

What if I’m unable to attend a workshop?

Call and speak with the Training Coordinator. We can keep you informed about upcoming workshops, and in some cases, provide individual training at a place of your choice.

Can I schedule a STEPS workshop for my organization?

Yes! We partner with community organizations to provide training. We can also make presentations and provide information for staff and volunteers which you can then share with those who can benefit from STEPS. Call or email us.

WIN (Work Incentives Network)
When You Work, You WIN!

Thinking about work but concerned about benefits? The Work Incentives Network can help you create a plan for success!

WIN can help you understand how work will effect:
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Medical Benefits
  • Food Stamps
  • Housing Assistance
  • And More..

WIN can help you become part of a strong, skilled workforce.

Benefits + Working = Opportunity

When you use work incentives, you can be SURE that getting a job will be a good choice. WIN staff can travel to your area and help you figure out what work incentives to use, and how to use them.

To learn more about working and disability benefits, call us at 503-232-7411 or email info@ilr.org or check out the web site Work Incentives Network. You can also call our partners on this project, Disability Rights Oregon, at 503-243-2081.

About ILR
Feb 13, 2005
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